For more than one author of a letter to the editor the meaning of the word alien is a creature from outer space rather than something to do with immigration law. Other than perhaps for the gang at Hogwarts, words have no meaning in and of themselves. Their definitions and connotations change. Witness the progression from Negro to colored to Black to African-American to person of color. Theatergoers would probably expect a contemporary movie titled "The Gay Divorce" to revolve around something other than the plot of the Fred Astaire movie. Readers constantly discern the appropriate meaning of words based on context.
The Oxford English Dictionary, while not the sole authority, is a valuable resource for information on the origins of English words. The earliest referenced use of the word "alien" is from 1330 with the sense of "a person belonging to another family, race, or nation; a stranger, a foreigner." The other meanings of "of a foreign nation and allegiance," "foreign in nature or character; belonging to something else; of foraying or other origin," "of a nature of character differing from, far removed from, inconsistent with," have histories going back centuries. The science fiction meaning of a being from another world or planet does not appear until the middle of the 20th century, around the time the Immigration and Nationality Act was enacted. Section 101(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality act defines an alien as "any person not a citizen or national of the United States."
In our publications we use the term "alien" as a term of art. Until Congress changes the legal definition of alien, or the general usage of the term to mean solely a creature from another world becomes so pervasive as to render usage in the immigration context confusing, it seems appropriate to continue to use to word alien in its non-perjorative sense of a "person not a citizen or national of the United States."
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Offense Commences with Entry
In US v. Lara-Cruz, No. 01-1147 (1st Cir. Dec. 13, 2001), the court determined that the offense of being found in the US after having been deported commences upon entry into the US.
Grants from H-1B ACWIA Fees
The Department of Labor announces the availability of funds from the H-1B ACWIA fee and solicitation of grant proposals for programs to train US workers.
BIA Holiday Closing
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2001. All items due on December 24, 2001, will be due the next business day, Wednesday, December 26, 2001.
GAO Report on INS and Custom's Officers' Pay
A report from the General Accounting Office (GAO) comparing the pay of Custom's and INS officers finds that due to differing provisions on overtime, fundamental differences in how work is scheduled, foreign language proficiency awards, the inclusion of overtime pay for retirement purposes and other differences make it difficult to compare pay between the two agencies.
Cosponsor Rep. Osborne on Passage of Basic Pilot Extension Act of 2001
Rep. Osborne is pleased to be a cosponsor of H.R. 3030, the Basic Pilot Extension Act of 2001, which passed the House by voice vote on December 11, 2001.
Rep. Bereuter Supports the Basic Pilot Extension Act of 2001
Rep. Bereuter rises in strong support of H.R. 3030, the Basic Pilot Extension Act of 2001.
Immigration in the Press
Annual Mexican Holiday Exodus Begins, but Volume Unclear
According to the Arizona Republic many Mexicans living in the US have begun their annual holiday exodus home, but officials on both sides of the border are still wondering whether the volume of travelers will reach the season's usual highs.
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This Day in Immigration
From December 15, 2000
"INS Issues Foreign Travel Advisory for Adjustment Applicants
The INS is urging all aliens with pending applications for adjustment of status or change of nonimmigrant status to consult an immigration attorney or an immigrant assistance organization accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") before making any foreign travel plans."
Letters to the Editor
In response to Ms. Gracio's letter in the December 14 issue of Immigration Daily, I would like to make a few comments on her "reality" v. "myth" theory regarding illegal immigrants.
- Illegal immigrants/aliens are not "thrown" into their illegal status due to some misfortune but have chosen to break the immigration laws of the United States and entered illegally or intentionally overstayed their visas and remain here illegally;
- Many illegal immigrants who are working here illegally, with either fraudulent documents or stolen documents, are not paying their taxes and yet are using our schools, transportation, hospitals, etc. at our taxpayer's expense;
- Many Americans, especially in New York, who have been laid off due to the recession would gladly accept employment that an illegal immigrant is holding today without any work authorization.
We are in a turning point in our history due to what happened on 9/11 and for the 21st century we should and are turning our attention to becoming a nation of LEGAL immigrants. This includes thorough background checks prior to LEGAL entry and a tracking system post LEGAL entry and it is about time!
- That the U.S. will continue to use the same old tired saying that we are a nation of immigrants and let everyone in legally or illegally.
In response to the letter from Maria Gracio, I would like to point out that illegal aliens (that is the appropriate term) are not "thrown" into an illegal residency situation, they choose it.... [To read the whole letter, click here].
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NYC SYMPOSIUM ON IMMIGRATION PROVISIONS OF ANTI-TERRORIST LEGISLATION
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York will hold a symposium on December 17, 2001 entitled: "Who is a Terrorist? An In-Depth Look at the Immigration Provisions of the New Anti-Terrorism Legislation." The program is sponsored by the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law. All interested persons are invited to attend. No fee or reservation is required. For further information, contact Cyrus Mehta, Chair 212-425-0555 or click here.
IMMIGRATION LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
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On January 31st & February 1st 2002, the National Immigration Forum will host its inaugural conference “A Nation of Immigrants in the 21st Century: Moving Forward in a Time of New Challenges.” The conference will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For details, click here. For registration form, click here.
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